"Hi! My name is Dan Whittemore, and I'm the founder and owner of Soarin' Indoors. Let's cut to the chase -- I need your help!
First, a bit of history. After a lot of planning, my family and I signed our first lease to start our business in 2013. Soarin' Indoors is an indoor aerial adventure park -- you'll find rope obstacles and zip lines of various heights and difficulties laid out in a formerly abandoned warehouse space. This venture was a literal labor of love, combining my time as a kid playing 2D platforming video games with my professional training as a structural bridge engineer. And talk about a bootstrapped kickoff - I personally built the entire course myself over a 4 month period!
It wasn't long before we realized we were on to something big. By that first winter, we started having serious capacity issues -- too small a course; too big a crowd. Most weekends, it was all we could do just to manage our wait list to get in and climb.
Fast forward to today, and we're in a similar position in terms of demand. In those five years we've also learned a lot about managing the hurdles and taming the expenses of running this type of business. On top of all of that, we've become a local fixture -- a go-to place for everything from youth group outings to corporate team building, to birthday parties or family day trips in which everyone has a chance to have fun, challenge themselves, and get a little exercise at the same time!
People have noticed our success and frequently ask, "Is this a franchise?" or want information on how to duplicate our business model. Frankly, there are some real obstacles today to open more locations or to franchise out the model. For many potential franchisees I have seen that the hurdle of creating your own version of our business would be difficult with no existing template or guide to work from. Let's fix both of these challenges and bring this family and personal experience to a much wider audience. Thanks for taking a look at our opportunity!
Founder and CEO